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Have you ever made a deal with God trying to convince Him to do something you wanted Him to do? Check out this Old Testament story from the Book of Judges where Jephthah tries to offer God a sacrifice other than His heart and soul.
There are many different ways of defining church. The IRS views it as an organization or business. We often think of it as a place. Many claim to be the only true church, but this is usually little more than manipulation disguised as theology. Exactly what is a church anyway, and why do I need one? With so much confusion and abuse, isn't it just as well to try to find God on my own? The answer is no. Here's why. Eph 4:11-16; Matt 7:21-27; Acts 2:38; Acts 2
The tragic story of David and Bathsheba illustrates that we have the freedom to make horrible choices, and God has the ability to bring good out of evil.
Paul is going to warn against people who teach the Bible falsely while encouraging each and ever believer to pursue the truths of scripture vigorously. There, we hope to orient all our hearts to this truth: “The goal of theological training is not so we can be superstar Christians playing in the starting lineup or getting our face on a Sportscenter highlight. We pursue the scriptures and pursue prayer because that is where we find Jesus. And in the finding of Jesus each and every day, He prepares us for the life of the Kingdom: both its proclamation and its defense.”
In fleeing from Absalom Daid meets 3 enemies that want to harm David (Zibah, Shimei, and Ahithophel). Through out these narratives David maintains peace and shows us that even in the case of maniptuation (Zibah), cursing (Shimei), and betrayal (Ahithophel) that looking at all event from God's point of view and seeing them as a component of God sovereign plan helps us to have supernatural peace.